New Public Printer Pick Announced
President Obama has announced his intention to nominate William Boarman to be the 26th Public Printer of the United States. He would succeed Robert Tapella, who was named to the post in May of 2007.
The Public Printer serves as CEO of the Government Printing Office (GPO), the agency charged with keeping the American people informed about the work of the federal government. GPO is the country's largest in-plant and is one of the biggest print buyers in the world.
Boarman is a vice president of the Communications Workers of America and president of the union’s Printing, Publishing & Media Workers Sector. His career in the printing industry spans 40 years. A practical printer trained under the apprenticeship program of the International Typographical Union (ITU), Boarman served his apprenticeship at McArdle Printing in Washington, DC. In 1974, he accepted an appointment as a journeyman printer at the GPO.
Boarman has served as an unpaid consultant to several Public Printers and has testified before various congressional committees regarding GPO programs and policies, as well as in confirmation hearings before the Senate Rules Committee.